-Member Event: Moandnock Pastoral Poetry Retreat 2019

Monadnock Pastoral Poets and Writers
*Registration deadline March 22!

Mt. Monadnock photo by C. Degutis
Mt. Monadnock photo by C. Degutis

At the Barbara C. Harris Center, Greenfield, New Hampshire
April 26-April 28, 2019

The Monadnock Pastoral School of Poetry & Writing

Heron Rookery photo by Robert Steele
Heron Rookery photo by Robert Steele


Friday Evening (April 26):
Wine and cheese reception 7 p.m.
American renga ceremony 7:30 p.m.

Saturday (April 27):
Breakfast (buffet style) : 8 a.m.
Primary Workshop 9:30–11 a.m.
Lunch (buffet style): noon
Participants reading 1–2 p.m.
Optional workshop//Indiv. conf./
Leisure activities: 2–4 p.m.
Dinner (buffet style): 6 p.m.
Participants reading 7– 8:30 p.m.
Grumbling Rustics, music: 8:45 – 10 p.m.

Sunday (April 28):
Breakfast: (buffet style) 8 a.m.
Primary Workshop 9:15—11:15 a.m.
Lunch: (buffet style) noon
Indiv. conf./writing
Optional presentation workshop 1–2 p.m.
30th Pastoral Poets Reading 2:15—3:45 p.m.
Closing Banquet: 4 p.m.


Yusef Komonyakaa chose Pam Bernard’s Across The Dark as a Main Street Rag Poetry Award in 2002. She serves on the faculty of NHIA. The most recent of her four collections is Esther (Cavenkerry Press: 2015)

Award-winning poet Jim Beschta, author of Cutting the Cemetery Lawn and North From Yaounde, (Adastra Press: 2009) and teaches on the poetry faculty of the Worcester Art Museum.

Novelist Terry Farish’s eighth book, a novel for young adults, Either The Beginning or The End of The World came out in 2016. The Good Braider, won the 2013 Lupine Award.

John Hodgen has won AWP’s Donald Hall Prize, and the Grolier Poetry Prize among his many awards. , The Univ. of Pitt. Press released his 4th book of poetry, Heaven and Earth Holding Company in 2010.

Rodger Martin, co-editor of The Granite State Poetry Series, has an Appalachia award for poetry He has three poetry books: The Battlefield Guide, The Blue Moon Series and
The Nemo Poems. A fourth is due in 2019

Diane V. Mulligan has written two YA novels, Watch Me Disappear (2012), a finalist in the Kindle Book Review’s Best Indie Book Awards and Latecomers Fan Club (2013), named a IndieReader Discovery Award winner.

Susan Roney-O’Brien, winner of Nightshade Press’s William and Kingman Page Poetry Book Award and NEATE’s Poet of the Year, has published four books of poetry, Bone Circle came out in 2019.

Henry Walter’s Field Guide: A Tempo (Hobble- bush: 2015) became the ninth title of The Granite State Poetry Series. His poetry won The Better Magazine poetry award for 2013.


Registration deadline: 3-22-19
Includes meals and semi-private cabin lodging, two
workshops, individual conference with mentor,
readings, and closing banquet.
Adult-friendly cabin (4 guests): $395 pp
Lodge double room: $450 pp
Lodge single room: $550
Day Rate: $305 (meals but no lodging)
Late fee (space available) add $50 (after 3-22-19)
(Online payment option, add $15 processing fee)

Cancellation fee: $100 until 3-22-19, $225 after 3-22-19 and before 4-14-19.


For over a quarter of a century this group of writers has gathered annually to celebrate new work and publications as the New Pastoral Poets and Writers. These award-winning writers have been anthologized in China for over a decade including a book On the Monadnock: The New American Pastoral Poets (Chinese Drama Press: Beijing, 2006). They have spent decades staying true to language written beneath the shadow of the mountain Emerson, Thoreau and Kinnell made famous—Mount Monadnock.
Please join us for the annual gathering of the Monadnock New Pastoral Poets & Writers as they host their weekend poetry retreat at the Barbara C. Harris Conference Center in Greenfield, NH.
The weekend will be low-key, collegial, but full with small group (6 maximum) workshops (a primary workshop which meets twice and an optional single-session secondary workshop that meets once), an individual conference with mentors, readings by participants, writing time, social time, optional activities such as Saturday night acoustic folk music by The Grumbling Rustics. The conference concludes with the 30th annual reading of mentors followed by a closing banquet.

There will also be opportunity to enjoy the almost 350 acres of hiking trails at the Harris Center on Otter Lake. See: www.bchcenter.org
Mail in the attached registration form or contact the Monadnock New Pastoral School of Poetry & Writing via our website:
or e-mail rodgerwriter@myfairpoint.net for additional details.

Registration is limited to maintain small workshop size.
Deadline, March 22, 2019

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